Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?
To decrease the achievement gap in America's education system, organizations prioritize raising test scores or whole child development. Despite relative success, sacrifices in critical thinking, resilience, and empathy reveal test scores approaches fail children. Yet even within non-cognitive skill development, debate centers on what children should be learning, not how, with best practices and effective pedagogy rarely spreading between schools.
Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!
Expeditionary Learning tears down the artificial wall between academic learning and citizen education. As a learning laboratory, EL strives to discover the key to rigorous creative education, developing the Common Core Standards, a suite of curricular models, instructional practices, and student activities for teachers to adapt to their needs. The EL model comprises a series of months-long, cross-curricular explorations of a particular subject area, culminating in projects designed for real-world audiences—videos, books, artwork, launched ventures—all conceived of and produced by students. Combined with its instrument for soft skills assessment, EL’s curriculum and professional development training are transforming the education landscape.